Back on the Road Again – Lake Mille Lacs, Minnesota

by | Jun 9, 2020 | fly fishing in Minnesota

fly-fishing-travelI can’t explain how good it felt to get on an airplane today.  No doubt being home has been fantastic.  I had some great local fishing during the crisis throughout Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.  I also got a ton of things done – chores that were lingering and projects in art and on my website.  But it’s in my DNA to keep the body moving and I hadn’t flown since the eerie day returning from Canada back in March.


Minnesota was my destination.  Every few years me and a bunch of college pals get together somewhere and fish.  The last one was three years ago to the Drifless region of Wisconsin.  This year MN buddy Mike Neuman is the host and we’re having it at his cottage on Lake Mille Lacs in central MN.


fly-fishingLake Mille Lacs is an incredible lake in the heart of Minnesota.  The large body of water is famous for its walleye fishing, but now also for smallmouth bass, northern pike and muskellunge.  The last time I fished here was way back in 1985 with Mike and a few others on this trip.


That’s about it for today.  I arrived in Minneapolis at 7 tonight.  Mike picked me up and we headed directly on the two hour drive to his cottage.  We popped a few beers and cooked some brats while we set up our gear and miraculously we’ve called it an early night.  We have fish to catch in the morning!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!